My first listen of the indie rock trio Ling Tosite Sigure (“Cold Seasonal Rain”) was actually not by the trio itself, but by it’s guitarist/vocalist TK (Toru Kitajima), in the theme to Tokyo Ghoul, entitled “unravel”. I found the vocals to be an…acquired taste, but one I eventually acquired!
When I rushed to watch the first run of Psycho-Pass before the sequel came out, I heard that distinctive falsetto wail again, this time by the whole band, in the show’s opening theme “Abnormalize”. Not fixing what wasn’t broke, LTS returned for the opening theme of Psycho-Pass 2, with a song called “Enigmatic Feeling” and combined with much of the same dizzying cyberpunk visual style as the first show’s sequence.
I’m not typically one for wailing or whining in my vocals, but even I have to admit it just works here, and admire the vocal gymnastics that are going on in this song. Both TK and Miyoko “345” Nakamura make a male-female vocalization is a perfect match for the dark, brutal, yet beautiful mood of the show, as well as the immense inner and outer struggles the Tsunemori Akane must tackle.
While dark and desperate, there’s also a hefty portion of high tech sci-fi glitz to the visuals, distressed and distorted much like the music playing over them. It’s an OP I look forward to each week. It’s a show-defining sound.